August 29, 1987 |
The Libyan government said it recaptured the fiercely contested strategic desert outpost of Aozou in a disputed border area on Friday after killing or routing Chadian troops. Chad denied the report. "After all political and diplomatic solutions failed, Libyan troops were ordered to occupy Aozou," the Libyan news agency Jana reported from the capital. "The Libyan army now controls Aozou completely after having destroyed and expelled the enemy."
August 11, 1987 |
President Francois Mitterrand of France chided Chad on Monday for seizing military control of the disputed Aozou Strip in the north and refused the Chadians any French protection against retaliation there by Libya. The cold and careful Mitterrand statement, made to two French journalists, reflected the concern in Paris that President Hissen Habre of Chad may have upset an unusual period of tranquility in the central African country by sending troops into the strip.
September 12, 1987 |
Libya and Chad announced a truce in their territorial war Friday, but it was soured almost immediately by accusations and denials of new Libyan air raids in Chad. The cease-fire, sponsored by the Organization of African Unity, began at midday, but Chadian radio reported new Libyan bombings. Libya said its planes struck only in the morning.
September 9, 1987 |
Chad's military command said Tuesday that its forces killed more than 1,700 Libyan soldiers and destroyed more than two dozen aircraft and scores of tanks when it overran a major Libyan base over the weekend. The command said that hundreds of other Libyan soldiers who fled into the desert from the Matan as Sarra base are likely to die of thirst. The Chadian military reported that 65 of its soldiers were killed and 112 wounded in the battle.
December 14, 1988 |
N'DJAMENA, Chad--The armed forces of Chad killed 122 pro-Libyan soldiers in fighting near the country's border with Sudan, an official statement said Tuesday. The soldiers, who died in four days of clashes that ended Monday, were members of the Libyan-backed Islamic Legion and included two leaders, identified as Haroun Gody and Mahamat Djaglo, the statement said. Gody was once a member of the Chadian government of President Hissen Habre.